Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Prep Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 3 patties, about 1/4 cup sauce, and about 1/3 cup rice)

This Quick Lamb Kofta with Harissa Yogurt Sauce recipe is definitley worthy of a special occasion. It'sa quick and easy Middle Eastern dish that your family will love.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare rice, cook boil-in-bag jasmine rice and saffron in boiling water according to package directions. Drain; fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with green onions.

Step 2

While rice cooks, prepare kofta. Combine cilantro and next 9 ingredients (through lamb); shape into 12 oblong patties.

Step 3

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 10 minutes or until done, turning occasionally to brown on all sides.

Step 4

While kofta cooks, prepare sauce. Combine 1/2 cup yogurt and remaining ingredients. Serve sauce with kofta and rice.

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Ratings & Reviews

eranrae's Review

December 17, 2013

Shadia797's Review

June 01, 2013
Love this recipe. I've made it several times now. However, as with most recipes on this site, the spice portions are just too mild to be noticed. With this recipe, I doubled the following ingredients for the kofta and love the results: mint, cumin, turmeric. The sauce portions are PERFECT. Delicious, easy recipe.

gidget265's Review

September 12, 2011
OK, so I've perfected this recipe for our house....My recommendation is to use only a smidge of the cumin in the sauce, and to add seeded chopped fine cucumber to the sauce. Kafta's as is.... I've made this many times - we just love this. Husband calls this lamburgers...

bellymama's Review

July 25, 2011
So flavorful! I followed the recipe except for using non-fat Greek yogurt and lean beef instead of lamb. I can only imagine how good this would be with lamb instead of the beef. Unfortunately the store was out of lamb. I served the kofta, sauce and rice with grilled zucchini. One question -- why is it called harissa yogurt sauce when there's no harissa in it?

canteatanything's Review

July 08, 2011
I made these with lean turkey instead of lamb. They were very dry, and really needed a lot of the sauce, which was really delicious. If I make them again, I will probably use a higher fat content chicken or turkey. I can't eat onions, didn't add them, and they were great. Took longer than 20 minutes to prepare.

Zookooker's Review

February 13, 2011
Everyone loves it. Not the easiest recipe, but not hard either. Very tasty

MadisonCook's Review

October 22, 2010
This was a very tasty meal that came together quickly. I substituted ground beef for the lamb which tasted very good. The only other substitution I made was to use Sriracha chili sauce instead of the red pepper flakes in the sauce. I just used a few drops, as it's very spicy and it worked very well. The sauce really sets off the dish. I didn't have time to cook rice, so I served it with pita pockets instead with fresh green beans on the side. You could easily add some leafy greens to a pita if you wanted to amp up the nutrition profile even further. My kids (7 & 4) ate it enthusiastically! I'll definitely make this again.

JessicaLuu's Review

September 19, 2010
The meat was absolutely delicious! The rice was kind of a waste, so if I made it again I would probably put the meat into pita pockets or something.

KellyinMadison's Review

July 11, 2010
I only made the kofta, which I served with couscous and a yogurt sauce cobbled together out of stuff in the fridge. The kofta were great! In order to Bittman-up this recipe (cut down meat per serving) I used only 3/4 lb of lamb and replaced the rest with cooked bulgar. I also substituted the cilantro with mint because I am one of those people. I got tasty, flavorful results with great texture. I'd say this recipe is a great starting point for ground lamb.

Foodie25's Review

May 18, 2010
I used organic 8% lean beef instead of lamb(we're not huge lamb lovers)and were very happy with the results. I pretty much kept to the recipe but used my food processor for the harissa sauce which was divine! The whole family loved this dish. I added a simple salad of romaine, cucumber and tomato with a quick vinaigrette. I will definitely make this again. It was quick and delicious! A note to can sometimes find saffron at Trader Joe's for a fraction of the cost at other supermarkets...and it comes in an adorable glass jar, which can be used for a bud vase!